Women who are keen to study computer science at Nottingham Trent University can apply for a bursary worth £12,000.
Established by B2B solutions provider Jigsaw24, the bursary was created to widen access to opportunities for female students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
The company hopes the financial support package will help to address the gender imbalance in tech industries, with recent research showing that while 49% of the UK workforce is female, only 19% of those in technology are women.
From September this year, the scholarship covers the university’s BSc Computer Science FT/SW, BSc Computer Science (Games Technology) FT/SW, and BSc Software Engineering FT/SW programmes.
The bursary offers £3,000 per year over four years of study (including a placement year), funded entirely by Jigsaw24.
Roger Whittle, CEO at Jigsaw24, commented: “Women play valuable roles in our company and in technology more widely, yet representation remains low, especially in technical, sales and leadership positions.
“The IT industry is for everyone, and people of all backgrounds should have the chance to break into it.
“We know that sponsoring a single student is not going to solve the inequalities in our industry, but introducing this unique bursary is a positive step in the right direction.”
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be from the UK for fee-paying purposes, have a household income of less than £25,000 per annum, and have been offered a place to enrol on an undergraduate computer science course at Nottingham Trent University in September 2021.
“We are delighted to have created this bursary with Jigsaw24, to support a talented female undergraduate studying in the field of computer science,” said Kayleigh Glasper, head of philanthropy at Nottingham Trent University. “This provides an exciting opportunity and we are very grateful to Jigsaw24 for their generosity.”